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Why Scrum? The 6 Very Real Benefits of Agile

We’ve all experienced projects that, despite our best efforts, delivered late, weren’t up to our quality standards, and didn’t quite meet our customer’s needs. Failed projects not only negatively impact the bottom line, they also can damage reputations and crush morale. Even in…

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Scrum in Pictures: How to Interpret the Visual AGILExicon®

After years of training it is clear to me that many people do much better with pictures than they do with text. I myself am a visual learner, which is why in my presentations I shun bullet points in favor of graphics that help most people understand and retain the concepts.

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Context Matters: Why I Don’t Believe in Best Practices

Most every week I am out training or coaching with one or two companies around the world. So, I am exposed to how many different companies are applying agile development – sometimes successfully, other times not so much.

Since my clients know that I visit many different…

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Who Should Attend Scrum Meetings?

I am frequently asked who should attend the various Scrum meetings—sprint planning, daily scrums, sprint review, sprint retrospective, and product backlog grooming. My Essential Scrum book provides detailed answers to all of these questions. However, after numerous requests, I…

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Why Be Perfect Up Front When You Can Be Agile?

“We have to get it right before we start!” Sounds kind of waterfall-esque, doesn’t it? You’d think that the people saying this might be referring to getting their requirements right up front. But no! What they are referring to are the details of how they will apply agile not…

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